Re: follow the following

Subject: Re: follow the following
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 14:16:35 +1000

Esthee Erasmus wrote:


I'm writing a user manual at the moment and wonder whether there's a better way of saying:

To perform the desired action follow the following steps:

It just seems very clumsy. Our style is a bit formal, so saying 'do the following' or something like that would not be correct. I'm leaning towards 'perform the steps provided below:' but that seems a but cumbersome. Any ideas?

We avoid the problem by using special procedure heads
that start with an infinitive and are accompanied by
a glyph. Once the head says "To X the Y," than you don't
have to introduce the steps in the procedure with any
text at all.

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